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Most-Improved Player Awards

Croquet England makes four annual Most Improved Player awards:

Eligibility is restricted to players who are members of an Affiliated club, and who are playing predominantly within the Croquet England domain for the period under consideration.

Nominations for these awards can be made by Clubs, Federations or individuals (including the candidates themselves) and sent to the office by 31 October. The nomination should provide detailed information about the candidate's improvement during the season (or, in respect of players who join Croquet England part-way through the season, the portion of the season after joining). Nominations should be accompanied by:

The award winners are decided by the Handicap Committee, whose decision is final. In usual circumstances, the names of the award winners will be announced by the end of November, and the trophies are presented at a suitable occasion of the recipient's choosing.

In determining these awards, the Handicap Committee will take into account a range of quantitative and qualitative factors. For example (and for illustrative purposes only), the Association Croquet Awards might take account of:

Further to the above, for the purposes of Most Improved Player awards, the Handicap Committee will NOT judge players to have 'improved' in the following circumstances:

In the case of the first bullet point above, the player 'returning to form' would need to have attained a significant new personal height of achievement to be considered for an award.

With the present pattern of play in the domain as a whole, it seems unlikely that handicap play will be especially significant in the award of the Most Improved GC Player.

Handicap Committee Chair

Christopher Roberts